(PART 1/4 of Adagio’s Sweet tooth Sampler)
I really like the idea of having those little cocoa nibs in a tea, especially since I love chocolate so I expected to like it. But after opening the bag, I was worried about the smell and taste of all the chocolate flavourings (which smelled very unlike real chocolate, even a little like cheap alcohol). And while the smell was more tolerable than Tiger Eye I found the taste to be rather lacking. Definitely NOT like a hot chocolate, but it’s trying to be. It’s MUCH better with milk and sugar, but the plain version is just that : plain. It is not really decadent, tastes more like a piece of chocolate that accidentally fell into hot water instead of milk : tangy, a little bitter, a mild sweetness with milk and dark chocolate-y flavors and a little chalky. The Ceylon is very subtle, but makes for a more rounded taste and as a result much more enjoyable.
The worst part is the smell. I usually don’t have a problem with having additional flavoring in tea as long as it doesn’t taste funky, but I’ve discovered that the smell of many Adagio dessert teas doesn’t sit well with me. Or maybe I got a bad batch since not many seem to have the same problem? As long as I put it in my thermos I don’t have this problem and can actually enjoy it, but otherwise it smells off… I can see how some people could like it though but my least favorite of the 4.
Flavors: Alcohol, Chocolate, Dark Bittersweet, Milk, Vanilla